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- Dec 30, 2019
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Long trip are certainly an outlier for most people, that's true. Which is why BEVs are a great fit as a 2nd car for around-home use, where for most people do 95% of their driving. And thus can put the vast majority of their miles on electricity.800+ mile Cannonball Run-style road trips are an outlier and not the norm. With a 20-25min recharge stop vs. a typical 10min stop on a road trip, you're looking at a time difference of maybe an hour or so over the same distance.
The longer the drive, the more compromising there is for a BEV road trip. The long charge times are only part of the compromise. It's the quantity of them that can be the real killer, because of short range at highway speeds. Two 20-40 minute stops on a drive is one thing, but 6 of them is quite another.
Not that some people won't gladly take on that challenge, of course. But it will continue to be an impediment for a lot of mainstream car buyers IMO. It'll be interesting to see the growth path from here for BEVs vs PHEVs.